The Russians and Italians make what collectors want


Highlights from our 30 October auction of Fine Furniture Silver, Decorative Arts and Paintings included a silver stirrup cup worked in the shape of a fox head and inset with ruby cabochon eyes and stamped Moscow 1892. With a pre-sale estimate of $500-700, three phone bidders pushed the cup up to a hammer price of $3,840. From the same house came a silver and green guilloche enamel elephant stamped K.F. with garnet eyes which sold for $2,280 against an estimate of $1,200-1,800.



  Russian Silver Fox Head Stirrup Cup and Russian Silver and Green Guilloche Enamel Elephant Bibleot



From the island of Murano came a rare twin handled vase designed by architect Carlo Scarpa, c. 1940, measuring 35cm in height. The vase is documented in several reference books devoted to Italian art glass and sold to an overseas collector for $12,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $5000-7000.



Carlo Scarpar, Bollicine Vase c.1935



Our next auction of post war design is Sunday 8 December at 2pm. Entries invited.